Mom convicted of creating public nuisance for Facebook post

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Posted: Apr 28, 2016 4:07 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A Roswell woman has been convicted of creating a public nuisance by posting an online comment about the possibility of a shooting at her son's middle school.

The Roswell Daily Record (http://goo.gl/TwXFTU ) reports that 32-year-old Jeanette Garza Alvarez was given a 30-day deferred sentence Tuesday after being convicted in Municipal Court.

A criminal complaint said Alvarez posted Jan. 29 on her Facebook page that her son told her that some eighth-graders were planning to take guns to school and have a shootout.

The complaint also said Alvarez told investigators that her post was intended to gather information but that there were 160 student absences the next school day, most resulting from her post.

Defense attorney Luke Ragsdale says Alvarez's rights are being violated and that the conviction will be appealed.